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Stop What You're Doing and Listen To This 'Black Panther' Mixtape

Get ready for the film with this dance floor mix from Bamba al Mansour.

If my timeline is to be trusted, I can 100% confirm that everybody, everywhere is counting the days until the Black Panther movie comes out next month. The film did break a major presale record, after all.

Well, for those impatiently waiting, Bamba al Mansour and his label, Black Stereo, are here to help alleviate your pain with this new Black Panther mixtape.

DJ and producer Bamba al Mansour writes that his mix is a "sonic gateway of black expression backed by contemporary electronic African dance music meant to speak to the imagination of black panther enthusiasts in anticipation of the long awaited release of Marvel's Black Panther's silver screen debut."

"The title of this project is an obvious salute to the infamous socio-political movement spearheaded by Bobby Seal, Huey P. Newton and H.Rap Brown of the 1960s. An organization who's ideals and aspirations are as relevant today as they ever were," he continues.

"[Featuring] Bold sounds of an unapologetic, forward thinking, contemporary African diaspora, this soundtrack to revolution is a salute to all freedom, equality and truth loving people world wide. Get you head right, get your heartstrong," Bamba al Mansour says.

Get into The Black Panther Mixtape below or listen directly here.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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